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Commercial development, duplex plans filed for property near Clinton Parkway and Inverness; city's Parks and Recreation Department finalist for national award

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you remember back in late 2013 when a business group filed plans to build a “family fun center” with go-karts, batting cages, mini bowling and other such items near the corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive. Perhaps you also remember that neighborhood opposition killed the project, leaving several ...

Take a look at East Lawrence's latest multimillion dollar project; city prepares for discussion on economic development incentives

Chad Lawhorn

The latest multimillion dollar project in East Lawrence is nearly complete, and now it is time to weigh in on its distinctive look. Work on the 9 Del Lofts affordable housing project is wrapping up at the corner of Ninth and Delaware streets. The project is the latest by a ...

Lawrence's sales tax collections growing at fastest rate in the state; a final payment on Rock Chalk Park recreation center

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe Lawrence shoppers have crystal balls. Here we are in June, and the latest signs out of Topeka are pointing to a sales tax increase. So, what did Lawrence shoppers do in May? They bought, bought and bought some more. So much so that Lawrence, at the moment, is the ...

Liquor store coming to Ninth and New Hampshire; city set to increase golf fees at Eagle Bend; cost of trees going up too

Chad Lawhorn

I’m in the mood for some this ’n that — and weather that doesn’t require me to wear rubber socks and a life jacket. I can help with one of the two. Here’s a look at some this ’n that items set to occur at Lawrence City Hall in the ...

Longtime Lawrence bar closes; the surprising statistic about local liquor sales; fitness center finds new home

Chad Lawhorn

Thankfully there are still plenty of opportunities around the house for me to wear my captain’s hat and talk like Thurston Howell III. But there’s one less opportunity to do so in the Lawrence nightlife scene. All indications are that the longtime Lawrence bar The Yacht Club has closed. The ...

Latest plans show hundreds of new apartments, condos, retirement units near Alvamar golf course; city looks to get in gear on transit changes

Chad Lawhorn

The future of the Alvamar Golf and Country Club is becoming clearer: It involves several hundred new apartment or condo-style residences around the course. Also on tap is a 15,000 square-foot banquet facility with 24 guest rooms attached to it and a large retirement community that would be built on ...

Kinedyne to close plant later this year; Heartland health clinic moving to space near LMH; a ranking of Lawrence fans

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE 1:15 P.M. Indeed the speculation is correct. A Kinedyne official has confirmed the company has decided to close its Lawrence production plant later this year. In response to questions from the Journal-World, New Jersey-based Kinedyne released a statement saying the company has made a decision to transfer its Lawrence ...

Signs point to pending closure of 300-employee call center downtown; new proposal to emerge to locate police HQ in former Riverfront Mall; update on city's rental licensing program

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like downtown Lawrence is set to lose about 300 jobs, and City Hall is about to get a new twist when it comes to the debate over how and where to build a new police headquarters building. The ownership group of the former Riverfront Mall has confirmed ...

News of a Mexican restaurant for 31st Street; city commissioners struggle with idea of ad hoc committee for police headquarters issue

Chad Lawhorn

I know you felt it. Lawrence’s world was a little bit out of balance, especially near the 31st and Iowa area. A Mexican restaurant —El Potro — had moved from its location along 31st Street to a new location near 33rd Street. And get this, no Mexican restaurant had taken ...

Lawrence construction totals on pace for record year; more details on costs of large apartment project; eco devo leaders confirm details of new manufacturer

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to keep our eyes open for a possible Lawrence record in 2015, and it involves the use of hammers and saws, which is usually the type of record that causes my insurance agent to lose his job. But no worries here because the record in question is ...

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